The Los Alamos School Board agreed to extend Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus’ contract another three years Tuesday. The contract now ends in 2020.
The three-year extension is the maximum number of years allowed by state law. The approval was made during an executive session of the board.
“That is the strongest possible statement that the board could make about our confidence in our superintendent,” said school board member Matt Williams.
Steinhaus’ annual salary will remain at $160,000.
Steinhaus noted during contract negotiations that the board would consider giving him a raise when the time came to consider raises for staff.
“I would politely decline a raise, because I want the money to go to our teachers,” Steinhaus said.
The board was impressed by Steinhaus’s performance since the board picked him two years ago to replace Superintendent Gene Schmidt.
“From the discussions I’ve had with him and conversations with individual board members, I think the board is quite pleased with Kurt,” said LASB President Jim Hall.